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The Dutch Euthanasia Commission said that a young rape victim was allowed to die by lethal injection after doctors concluded that she will never be able to get rid off her post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
The 20-year-old woman, who was not identified, had been sexually abused since the age of 5 until she was 15.
As a result of the abuse, she suffered from PTSD, severe anorexia, chronic depression and hallucinations.
Despite improvements in her mental health status after intensive treatments by doctors, they believed that her multiple conditions were incurable, and they agreed with her decision to end her life.
Before administering the lethal injection, doctors determined that she was fully competent, and that major depression or mood disorder did not affect her thinking.
Some politicians have criticized the euthanasia, saying that the woman didn’t deserve to die for being raped.
Nikki Kenward, who is the leader of Distant Voices, called the decision to allow sex abuse victims to choose death horrifying and worrying.